Thursday, October 23, 2014

Festive in Death (In Death # 39) by J.D. Robb


From Goodreads:

Eve Dallas deals with a homicide—and the holiday season—in the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year's 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.

I don’t think I have missed reading any of the 39 books in this series.  Some have been favorites and some not so favorite but through it all I have stuck with Dallas and Roarke.  The ones that are my favorites have one thing in common.  They all feature new growth for Dallas and Roarke.  Festive in Death does that.  Written around the big Christmas party at Roarke’s mansion Eve has to let go and own her place by Roarke’s side.  I loved how she managed the set up for the party while still working her case.  With a house full of characters from previous books she realizes how may friends she now has and how much her life has changed for the better.

There is also a lot of interaction between Eve and Roarke that highlights how right for each other they are.  The mystery kept playing sometimes in the background and sometimes in the forefront.  I thought Eve was on the wrong track about the killer.  It was fun to realize I was right and that it took her time to see who was really guilty.

Festive in Death is a nice addition to the series and a Christmas story to boot.

I read the large print edition of Festive in Death by J.D. Robb published by Wheeler Publishing in 2014.

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